BMW to produce Megacity Electric Car in Leipzig

BMW is hardly a name that comes to mind when you think of economy and eco-friendly cars. However, that might be changing soon as AutoWeek reports that the car manufacturer will be devoting a portion of its plant in Leipzig, Germany to producing a new line of electric cars. In addition, parts for the new line of Megacity Vehicles will be produced at BMW factories in Wackersdorf and Landshut, Germany.

“The BMW Group will build the car of the future in Leipzig with high-tech innovations from Bavaria,” BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said in a statement. “The main reasons behind this decision are the qualities that Germany has to offer: we have a tried-and-tested production network here and high levels of education and outstanding competencies at our disposal.”

Wired Magazine reports that the new Megacity Vehicles will be based on BMW’s classic Isetta design and will meet California’s zero emissions vehicle mandate. According to published reports, the first Megacity could roll off of the assembly line in Leipzig in 2013.

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